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Blaise Siwula / Dom Minasi: The Sunshine Don't Mind My Singing

Read "The Sunshine Don't Mind My Singing" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Saxophonist and clarinetist Blaise Siwula and guitarist Dom Minasi share a unique musical vision and seamless camaraderie. Years of performing and recoding together have crystallized their adventurous outlook and their intellectual communion. The sublime set of spontaneous duets; The Sunshine Don't Mind My Singing is the perfect showcase of these attributes.Siwula and Minasi weave elements from various genres into the half a dozen, stimulating improvisations that comprise the album. “Upstream Boogie," for instance starts out as a deconstructed ...

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Blaise Siwula / Dom Minasi: The Sunshine Don't Mind My Singing

Read "The Sunshine Don't Mind My Singing" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Good music does not come out of nowhere. It grows from tradition and experience. This is especially evident in a genre like jazz where the use of improvisation is crucial. Improvisation, at least the interesting kind, has echoes of the past. The exciting thing as a listener is to hear how the musical knowledge of the past is transformed into new sounds in the moment. In the best of all worlds, the joy of creating through improvisation ...

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Karl Berger / Dom Minasi: Synchronicity

Read "Synchronicity" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The two men responsible for Synchronicity are known as bold risk-takers, well-informed free spirits and beyond-the-norm sculptors of sound, and these potential epithets are rightly reflected in the music they make together. Vibraphonist/pianist/wearer-of-many-hats Karl Berger and guitarist Dom Minasi met approximately a decade before this project came to pass and, while they periodically discussed the idea of recording together and even had the chance to lay down a short, 37-minute program at one point, this is the first proper, full-length ...

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Karl Berger and Dom Minasi: Synchronicity

Read "Synchronicity" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Pianist/vibraphonist Karl Berger and guitarist Dom Minasi are both forward-thinking and experienced composers, improvisers and educators, with discographies that goes back to the 1960s--including, in the case of Berger, collaborations with Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry and Carla Bley; and, with Minasi, 1970s work with Joe McPhee and Matthew Shipp. Synchronicity's twelve freely improvised duets were recorded in 2010 at Berger's Woodstock studio. All rely on an emphatic and patient interplay that stresses the melodic and harmonic avenues ...


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